The Holley-Navarre Fire District was dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 8900 block on Sunset Drive due to a reported fire in the kitchen.
According to a release issued by Chief Ron Norton of the Holley-Navarre Fire District, the first Chief Officer on the scene reported a working fire with heavy fire conditions on the front side of the home. The first responding engine arrived on scene within six minutes and initiated a defensive fire attack. The fire had spread throughout the 3000 sq. ft. home and into the attic. The home sustained major fire damage throughout.
The blaze appeared to have originated in the kitchen. Firefighters from four departments (Holley-Navarre Fire District, Midway Fire District, Navarre Beach and Florosa) battled the fire.
In an interview with Navarre Press, Chief Norton addressed public concerns questioning the water pressure of the hydrants at the scene and the availability of water to fight the fire. “We had three trucks on scene that carry 1,000 gallons of water. We used those trucks to attack the fire while the hydrant was being hooked up,” Norton said indicating that 3,000 gallons of water were immediately disbursed on the fire.
“That specific hydrant is at least 1,100 feet from the location of the fire and we were using about 1,200 feet of hose to get the water to the fire. With that length of hose, the pressure drops, just like your garden hose at home. The longer the hose, the less pressure you have,“ said Norton. He also said that the water line going to that hydrant is a five inch pipe compared to some of the larger ones in other areas of Navarre.
To get the water pressure they needed, Norton repositioned a truck to the hydrant to pump the water to the fire. “Once the truck hooked up, we had plenty of flow and water, and we got the fire put out,” Norton said.
The last crew cleared the scene at 11:30 p.m. The American Red Cross was notified and is assisting the residents of the home.